Waterford’s Shane Bennett tackles Conor Lehane of Cork during the Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

To the victors the spoils and to the vanquished, the qualifiers. I was reminded last week of the lead-up to the 1997 Munster semi-final between Clare (...)

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin: Dublin’s hurlers look in disarray Worse almost than the fact that the replay against Galway was gone from their grasp inside the ope(...)

Waterford scorer-in-chief Maurice Shanahan. Photograph:  Inpho/James Crombie

Who will dismiss Waterford now? Who will doubt them? On what grounds? Derek McGrath’s young side keep turning down opportunities to fizzle out, doubli(...)

Derek McGrath celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Derek McGrath is the best thing to have happened to GAA reporters in quite a while. We know this and we’re trying very hard not to jinx it. In a wo(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Patrick Horgan of Cork battle for a high ball during the National Hurling League final last month. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s a tribute to the enduring caste system in Munster that Cork, after that 10-point defeat, missing best defender Lorcán McLoughlin, and with que(...)

Cork’s Brian Murphy with Tony Kelly in the All-Ireland final of 2013. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Brian Murphy is back in the Cork team for Sunday’s Munster hurling semi-final against Waterford. The two-time All-Ireland medallist, who announced hi(...)

Brian Murphy: will add his considerable experience to Cork’s defence. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork hurling has received the perfect boost at the perfect time with the news that defender Brian Murphy has rejoined the panel ahead of their Munster(...)

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Viewed from a distance of two decades, maybe the most remarkable thing about the hurling summer of 1995 is just how unpromising it was roundly agreed (...)

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrate winning the 2005 All-Ireland. Cork haven’t won the senior hurling title since. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

The mushroom theory of hurling development in Cork became a cliche so long ago that its ironic referencing has by this stage become equally cliched. T(...)

Waterford’s Noel Connors and Kevin Moran celebrate securing the county’s third league title with a 10-point victory over Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Waterford’s revival is complete. As Derek McGrath would say afterwards, the Déise fans do not scoff at days like this. And rightly so. Just a year aft(...)